Students at Trenton High School will have ‘sporting chance’ thanks to a grant from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

On Thursday May 24th the school will be received $40,700 for its Tiger Wellness Program-developing resilient, active and flourishing students.  This is the largest grant to date awarded by Jumpstart Charities in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.  The grant purpose is aimed at improving student personal fitness and connecting students with a caring adult. The grant will remove financial barriers which may prevent students from participating in school sports.

“Our students will be the beneficiaries of this grant,” said Nancy Popovich, Vice Principal, Trenton High School. “It opens the door for more students to be active, to set personal goals, to improve personal fitness and to connect with a caring adult.”

Specifically, Tiger Wellness will engage students in a 6-week program focusing on physical activity for personal fitness and fun, before school, at lunch or after school. A variety of activities including personal fitness (weights, learn to bike, learn to row), multi-sports (basketball, volleyball, badminton), floor hockey, self-defense and an introduction to rugby will be run by students, staff, Child and Youth Workers, and community partners.

The Tiger Wellness program aligns with the THS school improvement plan, as well as the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board strategic plan and the Ministry of Education well-being strategy.

Thank you to The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, a Jumpstart Charity Program Partner, and Canadian Tire-Trenton Owner Glenn Puckniak for their support of this initiative.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities invited eligible applicants to apply for funding through its Community Development Grants (CDG). The CDG provides funding for qualified organizations to run physical activity, sports and recreation programming for children aged 4-18 from families in financial need.  The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation applied on behalf of Trenton High School.

Trenton High is a community school with approximately 530 students, where students can learn, lead and achieve success in a positive, safe and supportive environment. Effective partnerships with parents and our community create a shared commitment to support students in all program pathways.

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For more information, contact:   Vice Principal, Trenton High School, Nancy Popovich at 613-392-1227 ext. 3315

Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, Maribeth deSnoo at 613-966-1170 ext. 2205

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